Judge blasts FDA, makes Plan B available to all women

The "morning after" pill can be made available to women of all ages and without a prescription, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a blow to U.S. restrictions on access to the contraceptive.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, excoriated the Food and Drug Administration for what he called a 12-year delay in making the emergency contraceptive, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA)'s Plan B, available over-the-counter.

While acknowledging opponent contentions that increased access to contraception may encourage sexual conduct by minors, Korman said the case isn't about "the potential misuse of Plan B by 11-year-olds."

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